Author Archives: Solange Berchemin

Solange Berchemin

Solange Berchemin

L’ HOTEL DU CHATEAU

26/01/2016 by .

In the early Noughties, the French hotel business saw some drastic changes. Suddenly, a generation of hotel managers perpetuating a service along the lines: “my way or the high way”, in rustic accommodations, for lack of a better word, were being sidelined by young entrepreneurs attentive to their customers’ demands and more than willing invest time and money to restore old and tired hotels to exquisite standards.L’Hotel du Chateau, situated right below la Porte de Narbonne, the main entrance to the walled city of Carcassonne, is a perfect example of what happened back then.

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The Gallivant Hotel

01/09/2015 by .

It was 5.00pm and I was interviewing Mark O’Reilly, manager of The Gallivant Hotel when he stopped in mid sentence to point enthusiastically at a white van pulling up in the car-park. “This is the fish for tonight, it was caught this morning”, he said. As I raised an eyebrow, Mark continued, “Our philosophy is simple, 95% of all the fresh ingredients we use in the kitchen come from fishermen and farmers who live and work within 10 miles of us”.

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The Canadian. A great train Journey of the World

17/07/2015 by .

The Canadian is one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world: 4,467km (2,792-mile) across Canada. Four nights, three days gazing at dense boreal forests, magnificent plains and the legendary Canadian Rockies. The steel train crosses over five Canadian states and four time zones.

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Caledonian Sleeper. Glasgow to London.

28/04/2015 by .

It’s all change for the Caledonian Sleeper that connects London Euston overnight with five Scottish termini:  Edinburgh, Glasgow for the lowland sleeper and Fort William, Aberdeen, Inverness for the Highland sleeper.

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Z Hotel Glasgow

28/04/2015 by .

Z Hotel Glasgow is ideally placed for exploring Glasgow city centre, next to George Square, 200 yards from Queen’s station but in spite of being perfectly central and in our case a Friday night, we had the quietest night sleep.

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Avignon at Christmas

17/12/2014This entry was posted in Avignon, Europe and Middle East, France, Newsletter, South of France and tagged on by .

Avignon celebrates catholic festivals the same way it celebrates its gastronomy and culture, with a genuine reverence for its past and a real enthusiasm for modernity. Next time you fancy a Christmas market with a soul, Avignon at Christmas is the place. 

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